Yalikavak Monk Seals

The Mediterranean monk seal is one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals, with fewer than 600 individuals currently surviving

yalikavak monk seal, municipality logo

Yalikavak Municipality Logo

The reason that a monk seal is incorporated  into the Yalikavak municipality (Belediye) logo, is because the Yalikavak coastline hosts one of the few remaining groups of Mediterranean Monk Seal in existence.

Mediterranean monk seals mostly seek refuge in inaccessible caves, often along remote, cliff-bound coasts

Adult males are black with a white belly patch; adult females are generally brown or grey with a lighter belly coloration, and both can live up to 23-30 years in the wild

Monk seal pups can swim and dive with ease by the time they are about two weeks old and are weaned at about 16-17 weeks

Monk seals are mainly thought to feed in coastal waters for fish and cephalopods, such as octopus and squid.

by Darren Edwards